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INITIATIVE AMENDMENTS

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

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House Sponsor: David G. Butterfield

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions in Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues Submitted to the Voters,
             10      related to statewide and local initiatives.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires an initiative to contain no more than one subject to the same extent a bill
             14      may not pass with more than one subject under the Utah Constitution;
             15          .    authorizes initiative petition sponsors to change the text of a proposed law
             16      following public hearings; and
             17          .    requires the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget to update an initial fiscal
             18      impact estimate if the text of a proposed law is changed.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          This bill coordinates with S.B. 165, Election Law Amendments, by merging technical
             23      and substantive amendments.
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          20A-7-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 237
             27          20A-7-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 78
             28          20A-7-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 153
             29          20A-7-204.1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 90


             30          20A-7-209, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 367
             31          20A-7-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 237
             32      Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
             33          20A-7-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 78
             34     
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 20A-7-202 is amended to read:
             37           20A-7-202. Statewide initiative process -- Application procedures -- Time to
             38      gather signatures -- Grounds for rejection.
             39          (1) Persons wishing to circulate an initiative petition shall file an application with the
             40      lieutenant governor.
             41          (2) The application shall contain:
             42          (a) the name and residence address of at least five sponsors of the initiative petition;
             43          (b) a statement indicating that each of the sponsors:
             44          (i) is a resident of Utah; and
             45          (ii) has voted in a regular general election in Utah within the last three years;
             46          (c) the signature of each of the sponsors, attested to by a notary public;
             47          (d) a copy of the proposed law that includes:
             48          (i) the title of the proposed law, which clearly expresses the subject of the law; and
             49          (ii) the text of the proposed law; and
             50          (e) a statement indicating whether or not persons gathering signatures for the petition
             51      may be paid for doing so.
             52          (3) The application and its contents are public when filed with the lieutenant governor.
             53          (4) (a) The sponsors shall qualify the petition for the regular general election ballot no
             54      later than one year after the application is filed.
             55          (b) If the sponsors fail to qualify the petition for that ballot, the sponsors must:
             56          (i) submit a new application;
             57          (ii) obtain new signature sheets; and


             58          (iii) collect signatures again.
             59          (5) The lieutenant governor shall reject the application or application addendum filed
             60      under Subsection 20A-7-204.1 (4) and not issue circulation sheets if:
             61          (a) the law proposed by the initiative is patently unconstitutional;
             62          (b) the law proposed by the initiative is nonsensical;
             63          (c) the proposed law could not become law if passed;
             64          (d) the proposed law contains more than one subject as evaluated in accordance with
             65      Subsection (6);
             66          (e) the subject of the proposed law is not clearly expressed in the law's title; or
             67          (f) the law proposed by the initiative is identical or substantially similar to a law
             68      proposed by an initiative that was submitted to the county clerks and lieutenant governor for
             69      certification and evaluation within two years preceding the date on which the application for
             70      this initiative was filed.
             71          (6) To evaluate whether the proposed law contains more than one subject under
             72      Subsection (5)(d), the lieutenant governor shall apply the same standard provided in Utah
             73      Constitution, Article VI, Section 22, which prohibits a bill from passing that contains more
             74      than one subject.
             75          Section 2. Section 20A-7-203 is amended to read:
             76           20A-7-203. Form of initiative petition and signature sheets.
             77          (1) (a) Each proposed initiative petition shall be printed in substantially the following
             78      form:
             79          "INITIATIVE PETITION To the Honorable ____, Lieutenant Governor:
             80          We, the undersigned citizens of Utah, respectfully demand that the following proposed
             81      law be submitted to the legal voters/Legislature of Utah for their/its approval or rejection at the
             82      regular general election/session to be held/ beginning on _________(month\day\year);
             83          Each signer says:
             84          I have personally signed this petition;
             85          I am registered to vote in Utah or intend to become registered to vote in Utah before the


             86      certification of the petition names by the county clerk; and
             87          My residence and post office address are written correctly after my name.
             88          NOTICE TO SIGNERS:
             89          Public hearings to discuss this petition were held at: (list dates and locations of public
             90      hearings.)"
             91          (b) The sponsors of an initiative shall attach a copy of the proposed law to each
             92      initiative petition.
             93          (2) Each signature sheet shall:
             94          (a) be printed on sheets of paper 8-1/2 inches long and 11 inches wide;
             95          (b) be ruled with a horizontal line [3/4] three-fourths inch from the top, with the space
             96      above that line blank for the purpose of binding;
             97          (c) contain the title of the initiative printed below the horizontal line;
             98          (d) contain the initial fiscal impact estimate's summary statement issued by the
             99      Governor's Office of Planning and Budget according to Subsection 20A-7-202.5 (2)(b),
             100      including any update according to Subsection 20A-7-204.1 (4), printed or typed in not less than
             101      12 point, bold type, at the top of each signature sheet under the title of the initiative;
             102          (e) contain the word "Warning" printed or typed at the top of each signature sheet
             103      under the initial fiscal impact estimate's summary statement;
             104          (f) contain, to the right of the word "Warning," the following statement printed or
             105      typed in not less than eight point, single leaded type:
             106          "It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to sign any initiative petition with any other
             107      name than his own, or knowingly to sign his name more than once for the same measure, or to
             108      sign an initiative petition when he knows he is not a registered voter and knows that he does
             109      not intend to become registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the
             110      county clerk."; and
             111          (g) be vertically divided into columns as follows:
             112          (i) the first column shall appear at the extreme left of the sheet, be [5/8] five-eighths
             113      inch wide, be headed with "For Office Use Only," and be subdivided with a light vertical line


             114      down the middle with the left subdivision entitled "Registered" and the right subdivision left
             115      untitled;
             116          (ii) the next column shall be 2-1/2 inches wide, headed "Registered Voter's Printed
             117      Name (must be legible to be counted)";
             118          (iii) the next column shall be 2-1/2 inches wide, headed "Signature of Registered
             119      Voter";
             120          (iv) the next column shall be one inch wide, headed "Birth Date or Age (Optional)";
             121          (v) the final column shall be 4-3/8 inches wide, headed "Street Address, City, Zip
             122      Code"; and
             123          (vi) at the bottom of the sheet, contain the following statement: "Birth date or age
             124      information is not required, but it may be used to verify your identity with voter registration
             125      records. If you choose not to provide it, your signature may not be verified as a valid signature
             126      if you change your address before petition signatures are verified or if the information you
             127      provide does not match your voter registration records."
             128          (3) The final page of each initiative packet shall contain the following printed or typed
             129      statement:
             130          "Verification
             131          State of Utah, County of ____
             132          I, _______________, of ____, hereby state that:
             133          I am a resident of Utah and am at least 18 years old;
             134          All the names that appear in this packet were signed by persons who professed to be the
             135      persons whose names appear in it, and each of them signed his name on it in my presence;
             136          I believe that each has printed and signed his name and written his post office address
             137      and residence correctly, and that each signer is registered to vote in Utah or intends to become
             138      registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the county clerk.
             139          I have not paid or given anything of value to any person who signed this petition to
             140      encourage that person to sign it.
             141      ________________________________________________________________________


             142          (Name) (Residence Address) (Date)"
             143          (4) The forms prescribed in this section are not mandatory, and, if substantially
             144      followed, the initiative petitions are sufficient, notwithstanding clerical and merely technical
             145      errors.
             146          Section 3. Section 20A-7-204 is amended to read:
             147           20A-7-204. Circulation requirements -- Lieutenant governor to provide sponsors
             148      with materials.
             149          (1) In order to obtain the necessary number of signatures required by this part, the
             150      sponsors shall circulate initiative packets that meet the form requirements of this part.
             151          (2) The lieutenant governor shall furnish to the sponsors:
             152          (a) a copy of the initiative petition, with any change submitted under Subsection
             153      20A-7-204.1 (4); and
             154          (b) one signature sheet.
             155          (3) The sponsors of the petition shall:
             156          (a) arrange and pay for the printing of all additional copies of the petition and signature
             157      sheets; and
             158          (b) ensure that the copies of the petition and signature sheets meet the form
             159      requirements of this section.
             160          (4) (a) The sponsors may prepare the initiative for circulation by creating multiple
             161      initiative packets.
             162          (b) The sponsors shall create those packets by binding a copy of the initiative petition,
             163      a copy of the proposed law, and no more than 50 signature sheets together at the top in such a
             164      way that the packets may be conveniently opened for signing.
             165          (c) The sponsors need not attach a uniform number of signature sheets to each
             166      initiative packet.
             167          (5) (a) After the sponsors have prepared sufficient initiative packets, they shall return
             168      them to the lieutenant governor.
             169          (b) The lieutenant governor shall:


             170          (i) number each of the initiative packets and return them to the sponsors within five
             171      working days; and
             172          (ii) keep a record of the numbers assigned to each packet.
             173          Section 4. Section 20A-7-204.1 is amended to read:
             174           20A-7-204.1. Public hearings to be held before initiative petitions are circulated --
             175      Changes to an initiative and initial fiscal impact estimate.
             176          (1) (a) After issuance of the initial fiscal impact estimate by the Governor's Office of
             177      Planning and Budget and before circulating initiative petitions for signature statewide, sponsors
             178      of the initiative petition shall hold at least seven public hearings throughout Utah as follows:
             179          (i) one in the Bear River region -- Box Elder, Cache, or Rich County;
             180          (ii) one in the Southwest region -- Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, or Washington
             181      County;
             182          (iii) one in the Mountain region -- Summit, Utah, or Wasatch County;
             183          (iv) one in the Central region -- Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, or Wayne
             184      County;
             185          (v) one in the Southeast region -- Carbon, Emery, Grand, or San Juan County;
             186          (vi) one in the Uintah Basin region -- Daggett, Duchesne, or Uintah County; and
             187          (vii) one in the Wasatch Front region -- Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, or Weber
             188      County.
             189          (b) Of the seven meetings, at least two of the meetings must be held in a first or second
             190      class county, but not in the same county.
             191          (2) At least three calendar days before the date of the public hearing, the sponsors
             192      shall:
             193          (a) provide written notice of the public hearing to:
             194          (i) the lieutenant governor for posting on the state's website; and
             195          (ii) each state senator, state representative, and county commission or county council
             196      member who is elected in whole or in part from the region where the public hearing will be
             197      held; and


             198          (b) publish written notice of the public hearing detailing its time, date, and location:
             199          (i) in at least one newspaper of general circulation in each county in the region where
             200      the public hearing will be held; and
             201          (ii) on the Utah Public Notice Website created in Section 63F-1-701 .
             202          (3) (a) During the public hearing, the sponsors shall either:
             203          (i) video tape or audio tape the public hearing and, when the hearing is complete,
             204      deposit the complete audio or video tape of the meeting with the lieutenant governor; or
             205          (ii) take comprehensive minutes of the public hearing, detailing the names and titles of
             206      each speaker and summarizing each speaker's comments.
             207          (b) The lieutenant governor shall make copies of the tapes or minutes available to the
             208      public.
             209          (4) (a) Within 14 days after conducting the seventh public hearing required by
             210      Subsection (1)(a) and before circulating an initiative petition for signatures, the sponsors of the
             211      initiative petition may change the text of the proposed law if:
             212          (i) a change to the text is:
             213          (A) germane to the text of the proposed law filed with the lieutenant governor under
             214      Section 20A-7-202 ; and
             215          (B) consistent with the requirements of Subsection 20A-7-202 (5); and
             216          (ii) each sponsor signs, attested to by a notary public, an application addendum to
             217      change the text of the proposed law.
             218          (b) (i) Within three working days of receipt of an application addendum to change the
             219      text of the proposed law in an initiative petition, the lieutenant governor shall submit a copy of
             220      the application addendum to the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.
             221          (ii) The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget shall update the initial fiscal impact
             222      estimate by following the procedures and requirements of Section 20A-7-202.5 to reflect a
             223      change to the text of the proposed law.
             224          Section 5. Section 20A-7-209 is amended to read:
             225           20A-7-209. Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative


             226      Research and General Counsel.
             227          (1) By July 6 before the regular general election, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a
             228      copy of all of the proposed laws that have qualified for the ballot to the Office of Legislative
             229      Research and General Counsel.
             230          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             231          (i) entitle each state initiative that has qualified for the ballot " Proposition Number __"
             232      and give it a number as assigned under Section 20A-6-107 ;
             233          (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for each initiative summarizing the contents of the
             234      measure; and
             235          (iii) return each petition and ballot title to the lieutenant governor by July 20.
             236          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             237      initiative petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.
             238          (c) For each state initiative, the official ballot shall show:
             239          (i) the number of the initiative as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and
             240      General Counsel;
             241          (ii) the ballot title as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and General
             242      Counsel; and
             243          (iii) the initial fiscal impact estimate prepared under Section 20A-7-202.5 or updated
             244      under Section 20A-7-204.1 .
             245          (3) By July 21, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of the ballot title to any
             246      sponsor of the petition.
             247          (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, by July 30, challenge the
             248      wording of the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
             249      to the Supreme Court.
             250          (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor
             251      to send notice of the appeal to:
             252          (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the
             253      subject of the challenge; or


             254          (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed
             255      written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or
             256      email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any
             257      issues relating to the initiative.
             258          (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative
             259      Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the initiative.
             260          (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the
             261      plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is
             262      patently false or biased.
             263          (c) The Supreme Court shall:
             264          (i) examine the ballot title;
             265          (ii) hear arguments; and
             266          (iii) certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for the measure that meets the
             267      requirements of this section.
             268          (d) The lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the Supreme Court to the
             269      county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             270          Section 6. Section 20A-7-502 is amended to read:
             271           20A-7-502. Local initiative process -- Application procedures.
             272          (1) Persons wishing to circulate an initiative petition shall file an application with the
             273      local clerk.
             274          (2) The application shall contain:
             275          (a) the name and residence address of at least five sponsors of the initiative petition;
             276          (b) a statement indicating that each of the sponsors:
             277          (i) is a registered voter; and
             278          (ii) (A) if the initiative seeks to enact a county ordinance, has voted in a regular general
             279      election in Utah within the last three years; or
             280          (B) if the initiative seeks to enact a municipal ordinance, has voted in a regular
             281      municipal election in Utah:


             282          (I) except as provided in Subsection (2)(b)(ii)(B)(II), within the last three years; or
             283          (II) within the last five years, if the sponsor's failure to vote within the last three years
             284      is due to the sponsor's residing in a municipal district that participates in a municipal election
             285      every four years;
             286          (c) the signature of each of the sponsors, attested to by a notary public; and
             287          (d) a copy of the proposed law that includes:
             288          (i) the title of the proposed law, which clearly expresses the subject of the law; and
             289          (ii) the text of the proposed law.
             290          (3) A proposed law submitted under this section may not contain more than one subject
             291      to the same extent a bill may not pass containing more than one subject as provided in Utah
             292      Constitution, Article VI, Section 22.
             293          Section 7. Coordinating S.B. 72 with S.B. 165 -- Merging technical and
             294      substantive amendments.
             295          If this S.B. 72 and S.B. 165, Election Law Amendments, both pass, it is the intent of the
             296      Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in preparing the Utah
             297      Code database for publication merge the changes from both bills to modify Subsection
             298      20A-7-203(2)(d) to read:
             299          "(d) contain the initial fiscal impact estimate's summary statement issued by the
             300      Governor's Office of Planning and Budget according to Subsection 20A-7-202.5(2)(b),
             301      including any update according to Subsection 20A-7-204.1(4), and the cost estimate for
             302      printing and distributing information related to the initiative petition according to Subsection
             303      20A-7-202.5(3), printed or typed in not less than 12-point, bold type, at the top of each
             304      signature sheet under the title of the initiative;".


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